When people talk about the entitled, phone-addicted, “special snowflake” qualities of Millennials, they might as well be talking about her.
New York Magazine recently ripped the self-obsessed Girls star to shreds. Is it a fair take, or are you a Lena Dunham defender?
Not For Everyone
Lena came out and said it: “Yeah, I’m not for everyone.” Truth.
The actress over-shares about everything, including her recent hysterectomy, her love life, and her opinions. She texted Allison P. Davis, the author of the piece for The Cut, dozens of texts and photos. “I’m like Virginia Woolf writing letters only with emojis, and nobody cares,” Lena wrote in one message.
Allison took a deep dive into Lena’s life, and what she discovered is almost impossible to believe.
Someone Everybody Hates
It’s not clear if the profile is hilarious, cringe-worthy, or both. Lena is the definition of “extra.” She has too many pets—and a bad track record of keeping them healthy and happy. Lena isn’t just aware of the controversies and criticisms she garners on gossip blogs—she seems to thrive on the attention.
During the interview, she mentioned that she “texted Jack last week and said, ‘HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE DATED SOMONE EVERYBODY HATES?’ in all capitals. He wrote back, ‘They only hate you because they love you so much, true story.’ Which is like, What a sweetie. What a liar and a sweetie.”
After Girls ended and she closed up shop at her newsletter/blog Lenny Letter, Lena now seems to be best known for making people mad and then apologizing for it. And then sometimes apologizing for those apologies because they made things even worse.
A Quieter Lena
About two-thirds of the way through the lengthy profile, Lena confesses that she’s trying to back out of the spotlight and give people a break from her. “She’s doing her best to be quieter,” Allison writes. That involves cutting back on high-profile events and parties, taking care of her health, and working on new writing projects.
Even then, she can’t quite avoid controversy. Lena caught some heat for her involvement in A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea, a documentary about Syrian refugees. Even though it’s a worthwhile story to help tell, it’s not clear why Lena Dunham, of all people, is the right person for the job.
The Deepest Cut?
A large chunk of the interview focused on her breakup with Jack Antonoff. The pair were together for 5 years before calling it quits in January. Although from the extreme oversharing on her social media, you’d never know—Lena tweeted out a list of baby names the exes had compiled, which is just weird.
Jack was rumored to have moved on mutual pal Lorde, which predictably caused capital-D Drama in Lena’s world.
In the interview, she admitted that she no longer talks to Lorde. Honestly, after reading this savage profile of Lena Dunham, it sounds like getting the silent treatment isn’t such a bad thing.